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Kidney racket
Complainant may be the accused

Ludhiana, October 25
There is a growing indication that Sagar Bahadur, a complainant in the infamous kidney racket, may actually become one of the key accused, as revealed by the statement of the two persons arrested from Patiala and their relatives’ claim that he had donated his kidney willfuly and not forcibly.

Police lapse leads to double jeopardy
Jagraon, October 25
Gurdev Singh of Himayunpura village had to remain under “illegal detention due to the fault of the police, for an offence for which he had already suffered imprisonment in the year 1986 in a case under Section 411 of the IPC.Gurdev Singh, along with Sherughan Prashad, Surjit Singh and Kuldip Singh, was charged for committing a theft in an FIR No. 105 of 1985 at police station Sidhwan Bet. 





Autorickshaw union’s claim false? 
Ludhiana, October 25
In an interesting case of issuing false statements in the name of higher officials, the Ludhiana Zila Autorickshaw Union issued a press note here today in which it claimed that its members have met the District Transport Officer (DTO) and the SP (Traffic) to request them that they should not be challaned for ‘running autorickshaws within city limit without any permit.’

New beat system in city
Ludhiana, October 25
Well, next time you decide to approach a higher police officer with any specific complaint, you would be asked whether you have reported the matter to your beat officer or not.
A new beat system has been introduced by the SSP, Mr H.S. Sidhu, in order to make the city police more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and also eliminate the role of touts and middlemen.

Discrepancies in voter I-cards
Ludhiana, October 25
Even as the public has been given the last chance to get the voters’ identity card a number of discrepancies in making of the cards has come to light.
Mr Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Mandiani village, near here, received two identity cards, both of which show different age.

Shift us to PAU: PLDRC staff
Ludhiana, October 25
Punjab Agricultural University, which is facing financial crunch, has got another problem staring in its face as employees of the Punjab Land Development and Reclamation Corporation (PLDRC), Laddowal, have written to the state government that they should be transferred to the university like other colleagues, who were the employees of the Central Seed Farm.

Heroin worth Rs 15 cr seized
Ludhiana, October 25
In a major action against narcotics smugglers, the Customs Department, Dhandhari dry port, here, has seized heroin worth Rs 15 crore from a Delhi bound car and arrested two persons in a raid at an undisclosed place, here today morning.

Anthrax test reports negative
Ludhiana. October 25
A number of city residents, who were scared of falling victim to Anthrax after receiving letters containing turned out to be white powder can heave a sigh of relief as none of the tests has so far positive.

IT raids on nursing homes
Ludhiana, October 25
Income Tax Department conducted raids on certain city nursing homes last night.
According to IT officials, the investigating teams raided the premises of some dental surgeons and other nursing homes in the Civil Lines Area.


Censor board for Punjabi songs sought
Ludhiana, October 25
The Ludhiana Welfare Society has asked the Punjab Government to form a censor board so that vulgarity being displayed in Punjabi songs on the small screen could be curbed. In a press note here today, Mr Manjit Singh Matharoo, president of the welfare body, said at a special meeting of the society held here, it was decided to oppose the show of vulgarity on Punjabi TV channels and songs.

Cong leader takes govt to task
Ludhiana, October 25
The Punjab government as well as the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee are guilty of criminal negligence in effectively dealing with the mischievous elements, responsible for acts of sacrilege against the holy Guru Granth Sahib at various places in Punjab.”

Workshop on female foeticide
Ludhiana, October 25
A one-day workshop on female foeticide was organised by the Health Department at Government College for Women today. Mrs Santosh Bhatia, District Mass Media Officer, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said members from 10 blocks of Moga, Kapurthala and Ludhiana were covered under the programme.

‘Both grieving parties must be present at sangat darshan’
Ludhiana, October 25
“Both the parties — the complainant and the respondent — must be called during the inquiry, which should be held by senior officers themselves.” This direction was issued by Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the officers, attending the sangat darshan programme at Bachat Bhavan here today.

Mann backs stand of Talwandi on panel
Ludhiana, October 25
One of the prominent constituents of the Panthic Morcha and the president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today hailed the stand taken by Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on the issue of a probe panel to look into incidents of sacrilege saying it was primarily the domain of the SGPC.

‘People are fed up with SAD govt’
Samrala, October 25
In the coming Assembly elections, the Panthic Morcha will form the government and provide the real ‘Khalsa Raj’ to the people of the state. Their will be no corruption in the government. These views were expressed by Mr Rupinder Singh Mundi, district president of the SHSAD, while talking to mediapersons after presiding over a meeting of District Youth workers, here today.

Dharna against police excesses
Phillaur, October 25
More than 100 residents, including men and women staged a dharna in front of city police station today in protest against alleged excesses and irregular working of S.H.O, Phillaur.



Students from Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya act like characters from the Ramyana at a Dasehra function held at Ludhiana on Thursday.—Photo  Inderjeet Verma

Tiny tots celebrate Dasehra
Ludhiana, October 25
Tiny tots from Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya took part in a Dasehra function held here today.
Over 45 students participated. Gayatri got the first prize among pre-KG kids. Atul got the second prize for mimicking Kush. The third prize went to Ajay for the role of Sudama and Sagar for enacting the role of Narad Muni.

Contest held on wildlife
Ludhiana, October 25
As part of the ongoing Wild Animals Safety Week celebrations, divisional office of the Forest Department, Ludhiana, organised an inter-school quiz, painting and essay contest on wild animals at Kirpa Nidhan Public School, here yesterday.

Sukriti tops PTU in BBA exams
Ludhiana, October 25
Sukriti Khanna, second semester student of BBA, the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), has secured first position in the course in an examination conducted by the Punjab Technical University this year.


A glimpse of Bengali culture
Ludhiana, October 25
Bengali women dressed in their traditional sarees and men in ‘dhotis and kurtas’ gathered at Janj Ghar to celebrate Durga Puja. It was a mini-Bengal which opened a window on the rich Bengali culture in this industrial city. The idol of godess Durga, made with perfection, stood majesticaly with devotees kneeling before her in prayer. To keep Durga Ma company were the idols of Ganesh, Kartikeya, Lakshmi and Sarawati.


Global health card
Ludhiana, October 25
The Global Health Care Systems has launched a Global Health Card. Two family members will be covered for Rs 750 and the cards issued will be valid for two years.
According to a press note, the card was launched by Dr Gursharan Singh, President of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association during the CII exhibition at Punjab Agricultural University. 


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